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Former Alaska man is suspect in Hawaii murder

Posted: July 4, 2013 - 12:15am

HONOLULU — Big Island police say a former Alaska man whose pregnant girlfriend was found strangled is now a suspect in her murder.

Police are looking for 22-year-old Boaz Johnson, formerly of Petersburg, Alaska. Police say he may still be on the island.

He’s hasn’t been heard from since May 27, a day before Brittany-Jane Royal’s body was found off the Puna coast.

Police initially investigated his disappearance as a missing person case and later said he was wanted for questioning in Royal’s death. Police on Wednesday said he’s become a suspect.

His family told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald he may have also been the victim of violence and has been unfairly portrayed as a suspect.

Royal’s family members are planning a July 27 memorial in Tustin, Calif., her hometown.

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